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East Coast MLK weekend - Stowe, Smuggler's Notch, Whiteface or ...?

post #1 of 12
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Hello,

 

Are there are good resorts on East Coast that do not get really crowded on MLK weekend? I realize it's a long weekend and a lot of people will be trying to get away, but still...

 

Last year I went to Whiteface and while I generally really liked it, it was a bit too crowded on a couple of occasions. Saturday was really bad, Sunday was a bit better, but it was not until Monday morning/afternoon that it got the point where I did not spend more time in line then skiing...

 

I thought of going to Stowe this year, but their resort appears to be completely sold out... I wonder if it's a sign to stay away from there. Smuggler's Notch is right there - is it a good option if Stowe is crowded. Or maybe it's worth trying to get to Sugarloaf (almost an 8 hour drive for me, not really liking the idea of driving so much and then coming back in just a couple of days).

 

Maybe some other good mountains worth visiting on MLK? I'm not set on anything yet, so would like to see any and all options...

 

Thank You!

post #2 of 12

Go to Quebec and ski Mont Ste Anne and Le Massif... there's no MLK holiday in Canada so crowds will be a non-issue.

 

My understanding is that Whiteface is a lot better crowd-wise than Vermont.  My only experience in Vermont is Jay Peak, and it was significantly more crowded than I've ever seen at Whiteface... and Jay Peak is likely the least crowded in Vermont!

post #3 of 12

If you're a smart skier, not necasarily a good skier, you should be able to easily avoid crowds at pretty much every mountain.

post #4 of 12

best place to ski MLK weekend is here.

 

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thats where I would be if I had a choice to avoid the crowds

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by mx22 View Post

Hello,

 

Are there are good resorts on East Coast that do not get really crowded on MLK weekend?

 

Other than possibly some of the Canadian ones, as someone astutely pointed out, in my experience the answer to your question is "no."

post #6 of 12

another thing to factor in this year is lack of terrain at least as of this week, if crowds are at normal MLK weekend levels with the amount of trails open in Vt now it could get quite crowded.

post #7 of 12

MSA is at or near 100% open with a good solid base... further making the Quebec option the best one.

post #8 of 12

Snow is predicted for Thursday. It may (or may not) open up the remaining terrain.

post #9 of 12

 

MLK Monday at the north central NC resorts hasn't been too bad the past couple of years.  I did encounter an insane crowd of beginners at Cataloochee one MLK Saturday though.  The following day Sunday wasn't bad at all though and I suspect Monday is just a travel day for most MLK tourists. 

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Sure Canada has better snow and will be less crowded, but it just does not make sense for 3 days. I will only be able to ski 1 day out of 3 - it took me between 10-11 hours to get to Tremblant two weeks ago and anything near Quebec would add another 3-4 hours or so. VT resorts are all within 6 hour drive and I will get to enjoy all 3 days... Trying to make this is cheap as possible, so flying in and then renting car is not really an option...

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Originally Posted by mx22 View Post

Sure Canada has better snow and will be less crowded, but it just does not make sense for 3 days. I will only be able to ski 1 day out of 3 - it took me between 10-11 hours to get to Tremblant two weeks ago and anything near Quebec would add another 3-4 hours or so. VT resorts are all within 6 hour drive and I will get to enjoy all 3 days... Trying to make this is cheap as possible, so flying in and then renting car is not really an option...


Driving may be a pain, but some things to consider...

 

I usually drive 10 hours to ski Mont Ste Anne and night ski day one.  They have about as much night skiing as some places have open.

 

If you add the total time spent waiting in lift lines + total drive time, where does that come out to for the Vermont options over 3 days?  

 

If it were me, I'd either save my time and money and stay home, or go the extra mile to Quebec and do whatever possible to possibly extend the trip a day... Then you could stop in at a New England resort on the way home when the holiday crowds are gone to break up the drive.

post #12 of 12

I don' think you really need to worry about crowds or conditions in VT (or at least in Stowe). Reservations are way off because people think we have no snow and because there is no snow down South. Our mountain has to be getting close to 90% open, and IMHO we are only one storm away from being 100% (maybe two storms from having the woods).

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